Korea, I Miss You + Amy B Photography

We left Korea 5 months ago. We knew it would be hard to leave, but never did I imagine I would, or could, mourn a place the way I have that amazing country. At the last minute we decided to have our beautiful friend Amy, who is made of pure magic, light and the high feeling you get while eating a ton of candy, do a photoshoot just 2 days before we left the city. When she sent me the photos I went through every single emotion I possess. Pure joy, giddiness, horrible sadness, hilarity, big love. Everything. These photos are so beautiful and perfect and I just keep staring at them and thinking ‘How can we possibly be in that giant city of 10 million people and this is what it looks like?!’. Yall, that is just how perfect and unexpected this city is.

Also, besides Amy being a miracle worker behind the camera, she is SO good at selfies. Like HOW?! Anyway. Below are a few of my favorite images + the only way I know how to process through things: by writing. Ive made a list of the things I am missing right now from Korea and am dwelling on how much love and life we experienced there. You can see more photos and ugly cry the way I did over on Amy’s blog. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love someone I met on the internet and how it feels like Ive known them forever and my only regret is not actually knowing her the past 29 years. But luckily I get to spend a week with her in Germany in less than 2 weeks, so I can get that candy binging high again really soon.

So enjoy the beauty and come simmer in my sadness for a bit with me wont you?


Just being in the middle of that amazing city with so much life and beauty buzzing all around me.

Walking out of the door and immediately being in the middle of an adventure.

The food. No where else in the world has the same mixture of flavor explosive foods. No Where. No Where.

Their love for the arts. Shows and concerts every day, all day, every where.

All the color and smell and texture and life.

That green oasis in the middle of that amazing city.

The ability to hike a mountain from a subway exit.

The highest class public transportation for lowest class prices.

The most adorable children in the whole world.

Life on the street.

The bustle and intermingling of every life stage all woven into one buzzing hive.

Character in every face.

The ease of a well orchestrated city, full of amenities and helpfulness.

Shopping on the street. Food vendors, cheap tourist junk, stores with their doors open.

Diversity in every corner. People, sights, sounds, smells, stores, scenery, culture, landscape, technology. Everything mingled together to create a patchwork quilt of life.

To the city of my heart, Seoul, I love you. 

How She Creates: Ep 202 Being Present

This week on How She Creates I am chatting with Brandi Kincaid who is wise, kind, colorful and inspiring. This conversation really convicted and encouraged me to get out into the world and be an observer of life. Brandi has a really special gift when it comes to being present with others and then turning small fragments of interactions and observations into very connected art. She shares her tips for listening in so you can also create more from your personal experiences, how to work through creative ruts and more about her process of taking an idea to reality. 

How She Creates Challenge

This week we have a challenge for you. After you listen to the episode, go out, experience the world and turn it into art. Then share your observations and what you make with Brandi and I using the #howshecreates hashtag so we can all be a little more connected.

Now, go listen and enjoy the show!


Show Notes

Meet Our Guest

Brandi is an illustrator and paper crafter who makes and records memories with her husband in Bellingham, Washington, a far cry from her home state of Georgia. She spends all her free moments playing with paper and glue, and drawing a version of the world around her.  When she isn’t making a mess or dreaming up new designs, she’s spending time at one of her favorite neighborhood bookshops or watching episodes of Murder She Wrote, because nothing beats J.B. Fletcher.

Connect with Brandi:
Blog · Instagram · Shop

Meet Your Host

Lauren is an American crafter, adventurer and storyteller living in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, with her husband. Lauren is an art maker, grace giver, photographer of life, laugh enthusiast, creativity chaser, believer in people, inspiration aficionado, street food lover, and DIY fanatic.

Connect with Lauren:
Blog · Instagram · Courses · Pinterest 

Find Your Creative Style Webinar Replay + Art Journal 101 Webinar!

Spoiler alert! Did you guys know that I quit my day job and am now working for myself full-time?! Did I forget to mention that?! WHAT?!

So, yeah, when we left Korea, I left the corporate-work-for-a-boss world forever. Crazy.

Now, I’m focusing allllll my attention on the internet + art. That means making lots and lots of stuff and making Get Messy and Lauren-Likes AWESOME(r). I started out my focus on Get Messy and am slowly turning to Lauren-Likes and the podcast, How She Creates, now.

Our goal with Get Messy is to GIVE GIVE GIVE, all the best content, education and inspiration away-for free!

Two weekends ago we did a free, live webinar on How To Find Your Creative Style and the response was so overwhelming and so much fun. People walked away from the event with clarity and direction on their creative style and how to continue finding, growing and perfecting it. We have some beautiful PDFs for note taking, free bonus prompts to help you continue developing your style and gave a pretty sweet deal to anyone who wanted to join Get Messy and continue developing their style.

We want to make that webinar available to you too! All you need to do is sign up here, for Get Messy’s email list, and you will get access to the webinar and all the beautiful bonuses right away.

And! this past weekend we are hosted another live webinar! We dove into Art Journaling 101. This is for anyone who doesn’t know what art journaling is or how to get started. We will walk you through from the very beginning of what supplies to use and how to make your first page. Yep! We’re going to make it together!

If you are curious about whether art journaling is right for you and how to get started, you can watch that free webinar right here, but hurry it’s only available through this week.

The bonuses from the webinar have expired, but you can still snag a Seasons Pass to Get Messy through the end of the week if you would like to join us and keep making.

This is my absolute dream you guys. Getting to connect with other creatives and helping them fall in love with making. I cant wait to show you what all is in store! For now, make sure you are signed up for Get Messy’s mailing list so you don’t miss anything exciting!